Before I go too far, I do take my hat off to those bakers that make themed cakes for a living. It is a skill and an art. It takes a lot of patience and time. Practice is what I definitely need. But I did have some fun 😀😀😀
I started a couple of days before baking the actual cake. Which for an Anniversary.
Using Renshaws Modelling Paste, I rolled and cut the box sides out for the popcorn box and the sides of the cake decoration that will make up the camera film. Oh, and the film reel. Also using red modelling paste, to use as the red stripes on what will become the finished popcorn bag, once rolled and cut they were left for 2 days to dry out.
Once set firm, I spray painted the film reel using Dr Oetker Gold Shimmer spray (both sides) and left to dry out again.
The day before decorating I made the cake;
The basic recipe is for 2 x 7″ round cake tins and making a basic sponge;
– 200g soft butter
– 200g caster sugar
– 4 eggs
– 2 teaspoons vanilla essence
– 200g gluten free self raising flour
Either make this as using the all in one method, or use the creaming method. Either way, make and bake your sponge and leave to cool.
Once ready to cover, the cake was filled with vanilla buttercream and jam and then covered in buttercream also. Some much-needed kneading of the packet of ready to use fondant was required with a tube of Dr Oetker black colouring. Once the desired tone is reached, it was rolled out and the cake was covered and smoothed.
It was here that I needed to find some patience and stick the bits on the cake! Using a small paint brush and a dob of water the dried modelling paste pieces were attached to the cake – the film reel top and sides.
I had already covered the cake board in fondant and added some gold sugar pearls for extra decorations.
The tricky part was sticking the popcorn box together…. and with a little more patience and some melted white chocolate I eventually succeeded. Left to dry, the popcorn box stands on its own on top of the cake.
The popcorn was added just before the reveal as it would have gone soft.